Category Azure Blog Feed

Azure.Source – Volume 28

Azure Security News at RSA Conference 2018

Last week, we made several Azure Security announcements in conjunction with RSA Conference 2018 in San Francisco:

  • Introducing Microsoft Azure Sphere: Secure and power the intelligent edge – Microsoft Azure Sphere is a new solution for creating highly-secured, Internet-connected microcontroller (MCU) devices. Azure Sphere includes three components that work together to protect and power devices at the intelligent edge: Azure Sphere certified microcontrollers (MCUs), Azure Sphere OS, and Azure Sphere Security Service.

    Microsoft Azure Sphere Leadership Vision – Microsoft product and business leaders introduce Azure Sphere, the latest IoT offering from Microsoft that extends security and new consumer experiences to a whole new class of devic...

Read More

Azure IoT Hub SDK officially provides native iOS support

We recently released a port of our Azure IoT Hub C SDK for iOS platform. Whether your iOS project is written in Swift or Objective-C, you can leverage our device SDK and service SDK directly and begin turning your iOS device into an IoT device! Our libraries are available on CocoaPod, a popular package manager for iOS, and the source code is available on GitHub.

iOS devices are traditionally not viewed as IoT devices, but recently, they are getting traction in the IoT space. Here are some of the interesting scenarios we gathered from our industry customers during the preview phase:

  • iOS device as the gateway for leaf devices or sensors on the factory floor.
  • iOS device in a meeting room, which acts as an end IoT device to send and receive messages from Azure IoT Hub.
  • iOS device to view the ...
Read More

Propel your IoT platform to the cloud with Azure Time Series Insights!

Today we’re pleased to announce two key capabilities that Azure Time Series Insights will be delivering later this year:

  • A cost-effective long-term storage that enables a cloud-based solution to trend years’ worth of time series data pivoted on devices/tags. 
  • A device-based (also known industry-wide as “tag-based”) user experience backed by a time series model to contextualize raw time series data with device metadata and domain hierarchies.

Additionally, Time Series Insights will be integrating with advanced machine learning and analytics tools like Spark and Jupyter notebooks to help customers tackle time series data challenges in new ways...

Read More

Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a leader in enterprise integration

This blog post was authored by Rodrigo de Carvalho, Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Azure.

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (eiPaaS), 2018 positions Microsoft as a leader and it reflects Microsoft’s ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Microsoft’s global presence, strong growth, and platform versatility provides customers the confidence to choose Azure as the cloud platform to automate, integrate, and optimize their business processes by connecting on-premises applications, SaaS, data, and to API-enable applications with managed integration services.

Integration Platform-as-a-Service at enterprise-scale

By integrating applications and data with partners, suppliers or customers, organizations optimize trade and information exchange dr...

Read More

Automating Industrial IoT Security

Industrial IoT is the largest IoT opportunity. At Microsoft, we serve this vertical by offering an Industrial IoT Cloud Platform Reference Architecture, which we have conveniently bundled into an open-source Azure IoT Suite solution called Connected Factory and launched it at HMI 2017 a year ago.

Since then, we continued our collaboration with the OPC Foundation, the non-profit organization developing the OPC UA Industrial Interoperability Standard, and added many new open-source contributions to their Github page, further extending our lead as the largest contributor of open-source software to the OPC Foundation by a factor of 10. We have also successfully certified the open-source, cross-platform .Net Standard OPC UA reference stack for compliance...

Read More

Azure Service Fabric – announcing Reliable Services on Linux and RHEL support

Many customers are using Azure Service Fabric to build and operate always-on, highly scalable, microservice applications. Recently, we open sourced Service Fabric with the MIT license to increase opportunities for customers to participate in the development and direction of the product. Today, we are excited to announce the release of Service Fabric runtime v6.2 and corresponding SDK and tooling updates.

This release includes:

  • The general availability of Java and .NET Core Reliable Services and Actors on Linux
  • Public preview of Red Hat Enterprise clusters
  • Enhanced container support
  • Improved monitoring and backup/restore capabilities

The updates will be available in all regions over the next few days and details can be found in the release notes

Reliable Services and Reliable Actors on ...

Read More

Azure Backup now supports storage accounts secured with Azure Storage Firewalls and Virtual Networks

We are happy to announce the Azure IaaS VM backup support for network restricted storage accounts. With storage firewalls and Virtual Networks, you can allow traffic only from selected virtual networks and subnets. With this you can create a secure network boundary for your unmanaged disks in storage accounts. You can also grant access for on-premises networks and other trusted internet traffic, by using network rules based on IP address ranges. With this announcement, we provide an ability for the user to perform and continue with scheduled and ad-hoc IaaS VM backups and restores for these VNET configured storage accounts.


Getting Started

After you configure firewall and virtual network settings for your storage account, select Allow trusted Microsoft services to access this storage acco...

Read More

Altair democratizes access to computer-aided engineering with Azure

My high school physics teacher taught us about metal fatigue by having everyone bend paper clips back and forth until they broke. In the real world, engineers use computer simulations to test their designs. From the trivial paperclip to the life-saving crash analysis, computer-aided engineering (CAE) improves products around us every day. But accessing the massive power needed for these simulations can be tough for small organizations.

That’s where our partners at Altair have stepped in. Altair is democratizing access to CAE by building their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings on Microsoft Azure. In a case study we recently published, Altair describes how their HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance gives customers the combination of software and scale they need to quickly run their CA...

Read More

Spring Data Azure Cosmos DB: NoSQL data access on Azure

We are pleased to announce that Spring Data Azure Cosmos DB is now available to provide essential Spring Data support for Azure Cosmos DB using SQL API. Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s globally distributed, multi-model database service with exceptional scalability and performance.

With Spring Data Azure Cosmos DB, Java developers now can get started quickly to build NoSQL data access for their apps on Azure. It offers a Spring-based programming model for data access, while keeping the special traits of the underlying data store with Azure Cosmos DB. Features of Spring Data Azure Cosmos DB include a POJO centric model for interacting with an Azure Cosmos DB Collection, and an extensible repository style data access layer.

Getting started

Download the Spring Data Azure Cosmos DB Sample Projec...

Read More

Azure DDoS Protection for virtual networks generally available

This blog post was co-authored by JR Mayberry, Principal PM Manager, Azure Networking.

Today we are excited to announce the general availability of the Azure DDoS Protection Standard service in all public cloud regions. This service is integrated with Azure Virtual Networks (VNet) and provides protection and defense for Azure resources against the impacts of DDoS attacks.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are intended to disrupt a service by exhausting its resources (e.g., bandwidth, memory). DDoS attacks are one of the top availability and security concerns voiced by customers moving their applications to the cloud...

Read More